Women in Television panel at Australian International Screen Forum 2019. From left to right: Meggie Palmer, Kathryn O’Kane, Laura Eason.

Kathryn O’Kane is a director and producer with over 20 years of experience in television and advertising.  She has crafted narratives as diverse as Mission Juno, documenting NASA’s probe to Jupiter, Talking Dead, the hit show for AMC, and commercial assignments for Apple, United Airlines, and SAP.  She is currently directing a feature documentary for Disney+ celebrating the untold stories of women in animation.

Most recently, O’Kane directed season 2 of the Emmy-nominated series The World According to Jeff Goldblum for Disney+.  Additionally, O’Kane was the showrunner of the James Beard award-winning Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and she produced Iconoclasts for Sundance and Oprah Presents Masterclass for OWN, both of which won NAACP Imagine awards.

Having started her career supporting democratic initiatives in Latin America, O’Kane learned the power of messaging while organizing election observations in the Dominican Republic with former President Jimmy Carter.  She seeks to celebrate different cultures through art and storytelling.

O’Kane is honored to serve a second term on the New York Women in Film and Television , which supports the careers of women in the entertainment industry. Her commercial reel is part of #FreetheWork, which advocates on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry.  And she is a member of the Directors Guild of America and  Emmy Television Academy.

On the set of Master Class with Oprah Winfrey
The Hollywood Reporter, March 4, 2020.
The Guardian, October 4, 2018.
Friday Night Tykes, The New York Times, 2015.
Friday Night Tykes, The New York Times, 2014.
Oprah Presents Master Class, Vanity Fair, 2011.
Ford Bold Moves, Business Week, 2006.